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Mar 30, 2012 05:49 PM

Mercadito Latino Redwood City - Churros Rellenos... Do Not Read if You're Avoiding Sweets!

Warning again: Do not read this if you are not supposed to have sweets!

Driving down El Camino Real in Redwood City last week I noticed a trailer parked in the lot next to the Mercadito Latino grocery store. The signs on the trailer said "Churros Rellenos". This totally caught my eye as I've never had stuffed churros and have been very curious about them. I wanted to stop but I was on my way home and didn't have time. Then another day I was driving by but the rain was coming down in sheets. Not good for standing out in the rain trying to eat churros (at least not to me...).

Today the stars were in alignment when I drove by - no rain and I found a parking space!

So here's the deal: The churros are made there and filled to order. Fillings are vanilla custard or caramel aka dulce de leche. They are $1.50 each. You pay in the market, they give you a ticket and you go back out to the trailer. Nice young man working. I asked him how business was doing and he said it's been very busy - said that the other day he had about 20+ people in line.

On to the churros: They are warm, crunchy and very sweet! I liked the vanilla custard one more than the caramel which was diabetic coma sweet....

Mercadito Latino
1726 El Camino Real
Redwood City CA

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  1. That's been my experience with dulce de leche filled ones at other places too.

    Are the churros fried to order? Or just filled to order? I might just order one and tell 'em to hold the filling.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Melanie Wong

      I don't think they 're fried to order but are definitely filled to order. They were nice and hot and tasted very fresh, Just excruciatingly sweet. Good idea to get unfilled. Hopefully they'd adjust the price accordingly :-)

      1. re: RWCFoodie

        I've been wanting to try it for awhile (also drive by it every day) - but I'm either too early or too late - think they open 12p-8p?

        1. re: sandrachang

          I tried to go there the other day at 2 but apparently they are open 3:30-8pm. Bummer for me.

        2. re: RWCFoodie

          Any idea if these guys are still there?

          1. re: stinklepuff

            I saw the trailer last week. I believe there's a sign on it that says they open at 3:00 pm...

      2. I've been interested in the trailer since it first arrived (and that is SUCH an interesting block anyway) .... But I'm by there most days in the afternoon and I've never seen them open. Maybe it's just my bad luck.

        On a related note: The carniceria adjacent to the Mercadito turned over about a year ago and is now a new taqueria. Haven't tried it yet. The previous incarnation was a birria specialist.